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March 25th, 2014
PROVIDENCE â€“ When push came to shove, most of the House of Representatives fell in line to elect Cranston Rep. Nicholas Mattiello as speaker by a landslide; only six stood by challenger Rep. Michael Marcello of Scituate, while six others abstained.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€“ A Providence County Grand Jury has indicted Andrew Jett of East Providence in the 2012 murder of his then girlfriend Michelle Busby.
Jett, 54, of 71 Metacomet Ave., was indicted on one count of murder and is scheduled to be arraigned in Providence County Superior Court on April 16.
Busby, 50, was found murdered inside the home she shared with Jett at 71 Metacomet Ave. Police say Busby was killed on Aug. 24, 2012 by Jett, who left the state in Busbyâ€™s Jeep Commander. Both vanished a few days before Busby's body was found.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Majority Leader Nicholas Mattiello has emerged as the front runner in the momentous vote to pick a new Speaker of the House of Representatives scheduled for later today, but challenger Michael Marcello says he has enough votes to make a fight of it.
Mattiello said on Monday that he has at least 48 votes. Marcello claims to have 33 votes. One of them has to be wrong, because there are only 75 members of the House of Representatives. It takes 38 votes to win the Speakerâ€™s gavel and both Democrats and Republicans get to cast a ballot.
PAWTUCKET â€” It often helps to have a fresh pair of eyes look at a difficult problem. In the eyes of a group of graduate students from Roger Williams University, the rundown, vacant Conant/Coats & Clark Thread Mill property can be revived in numerous ways so as to be a vibrant area once again.
PROVIDENCE â€“ House Speaker Gordon D. Fox was hobbled by the taint of misconduct on Friday as state and federal agents raided his home and Statehouse office for evidence â€“ of what, no one is saying just yet.
PAWTUCKETâ€”Despite some problems that have occurred with vandalism, the playground at the Curtis Elementary School on Benefit Street has been kept unlocked and open to members of the community.
â€śIt's open seven days a week,â€ť said Curtis School Principal Jean Friend. â€śIt is left unlocked.â€ť She said there was a period when it had been locked after some mulch and an area that was being reseeded was damaged, but it has been unlocked now â€śfor awhile.â€ť She added, however, that there have still been some occasional issues with vandalism.
Read the full version of this story in today's newspaper.
PAWTUCKET â€” The 2014 6th Annual Catholic High School Homeless Sleep Out, unfortunately could not be held at the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul this year.
Instead, it will be hosted by Saint Raphael Academy tonight. There will be a Diocesan Professional Day the following dayâ€”so all Catholic High School students in the Diocese of Providence will not have school. The five schools participating in the Homeless Sleep Out are St. Raphael Academy, Bishop Hendricken, LaSalle Academy, the Prout School, and Bayview Academy.
Two-hundred students are expected at this event.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ A statewide grand jury has indicted a former Pawtucket police officer accused of choking and raping his girlfriend last year.
Stephen Ricco, 41, of 1 Tupperware Drive, was indicted on one count each of first-degree domestic sexual assault; domestic strangulation; and two counts of domestic assault. The former two charges are felonies.
The alleged incidents took place in Riccoâ€™s condo on Nov. 28, state prosecutors said. Ricco has been held without bail at the Adult Correctional Institutions since his arrest, the same day.
CENTRAL FALLSâ€”The Central Falls Schools Superintendent has come up with a proposal that she said would integrate special education classes across all grade levels while better accommodating the school district's increasing primary school population.
LINCOLN â€“ The local public schools are about to make the shift from one statewide student assessment system, the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP), to its replacement and will be giving students a first look at the change this spring.
The initial round of testing under the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is being done on a practice basis in Rhode Island school districts and will be used as a database for the state Department of Education to adjust the testing process before it becomes the new assessment of student achievement.
PAWTUCKET â€” If you build it, they will come...to learn, use computers, make music, and play sports. Next year, local youths will have a new, state-of-the-art place to gather thanks to an addition to the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket's facility at One Moeller Place.
CUMBERLAND â€“ In recognition of the townâ€™s strong budgetary performance and good management practices, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services has raised Cumberlandâ€™s general obligation bond rating one notch to â€śAAâ€ť from â€śAA-â€ť.
A bond rating for a town is like a credit rating for a person. The Standard & Poorâ€™s Rating Services bond rating system uses an alphabetical scale from AAA - indicating an extremely strong capacity to meet financial commitments - down to D, marking an obligation that is in default.
For full story, see Friday's print edition of The Times.
Editor's note: This column was first published in The Times on March 10.
Letâ€™s start off by acknowledging that, by and large, political endorsements, particularly from an individual, donâ€™t mean a heck of a lot.
But last week, former state senator and three-time Democratic gubernatorial candidate Myrth York made a minor splash by announcing her support of Democrat Gina Raimondo. This interested those of us in the political/media complex for three reasons.
LINCOLN â€” Ben Perry wants to pursue a culinary arts degree at Johnson & Wales University next year, and he thinks he might have a resume credential that could set him apart and impress the university's admissions office: Guinness World Record holder.
At approximately 4:19 p.m. Wednesday, Perry, an 18-year-old senior at The Met School in Providence, completed 40 hours of nonstop cooking to break the current Guinness World Record of 36 hours and 58 minutes for longest cooking marathon by an individual.
PROVIDENCE â€“ FUTA may seem like a funny name for a special tax being assessed on employers in Rhode Island and other states that had to borrow money from the federal government to pay unemployment benefits during the recession, but to David Chenevert, president of Swissline Precision Manufacturing in Cumberland, it is no joke.
EAST PROVIDENCE â€” City firefighters early Tuesday battled a fast-moving fire that heavily damaged the first-floor of a Taunton Avenue home located behind the Boston House of Pizza.
There were no injuries reported.
The two-alarm fire broke out just after 2 a.m. in a 1 1/2-story wood-frame bungalow in the 500 block of Taunton Avenue. The blaze caused heavy damage to the first floor of the house and light damage to the back of the pizza shop.
PAWTUCKET â€” First came concerns about trailer-like taco stands. Now, city officials are raising questions about some of the other vendors that have been allowed to sell wares under a city-issued peddlerâ€™s license.
Two Providence-based vendors, Mustafa Lynch and Roger Fudge, recently requested the renewal of their peddlerâ€™s license allowing them to sell â€śpictures, toys, tapestry, rugs, and general merchandise.â€ť Under â€ślocation,â€ť they both wrote, â€śAll of Pawtucket.â€ť
CENTRAL FALLS â€” The state Fire Marshalâ€™s Office and the Massachusetts State Police Arson Squad have been called in to investigate the cause of a fire that heavily damaged a large apartment house at 5 Darling St. on Saturday afternoon.
According to the Central Falls Fire Department, a blaze broke out around 1 p.m. Saturday at a four-story, wood-frame residence that contained nine apartment units. The building, at the corner of Darling and Illinois streets, is located across from the Central Falls public safety complex.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” Both sides have agreed to dismiss a Superior Court lawsuit that had been filed by Certified Disaster Restoration Corp., owned by convicted contractor Michael Bouthillette, over $30,000 that Bouthillette had been trying to collect from the city for work done in late 2006 and early 2007 at the Adams Memorial Library.
CENTRAL FALLS â€” In an era of fast-action video entertainment such as â€śGrand Theft Autoâ€ť and â€śMadden 25,â€ť the centuries-old game of chess would not seem to offer much appeal to todayâ€™s youth. Yet, from elementary to high school age, students in Central Falls are not only interested in learning the game, but in mastering it.